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Architecture Design Electives semester two, 2010

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Contents * Stitching Form – Leanne Zilka – Tuesday 1.30-4.30, 513.2.2 (Brunswick) * Rainbow – John Warwicker – Friday, 2.30-5.30, 97.2, SIAL presentation space * Putting the Pieces Together – John Cherrey – Thursday, 2.30-5.30, 8.12.43 * Thermomass housing – Martyn Hook – Thursday, 10-1 88.6.14A * Greenstar Primer – Paul Minifie – Wednesday, 9.30-12.30, 88.6.14A * Eastlink UAL pre-major – Gretchen Wilkins – Tuesday 9.30-12.30, UAL, bldg 45 * Reading, Writing, & Rhetoric – Susan Massey – Wednesday, 9.30-12.30, 10.11.27 * Posthuman Landscapes and Things – Helene Frichot – Thursday, 9.30-12.30, 8.12.38 * Conceptual Photography – Peta Carlin – Monday, 2.30-5.30, 8.11.46 * Atmospheric Animation – Gina Moore – Tuesday, 2.30-5.30, 10.11.24 * Rumble in the Jungle – Paul Minifie/Andrew Burrow/Gwyllm Jahn/Andy Song – Monday. 2.30-5.30, 88.5.20 * RAD-P: Responsive Analogue and Digital Prototyping – Jane Burry/Flora Salim – Wednesday, 9.00-12.00, 10.11.24 * e-publishing – Tom Kovac/Michael Mei – Thursday, 6.30-9.30pm, 8.11.42 * Digivore – Bennett/Burry – Tuesday, 9.30-12.30, SIAL, bldg 97 * Flexible modelling – Jane Burry – Thursday, 9.00-12.00, 10.11.24 * Photography – Hanna Tai – Thursday 10.00-1.00 - 8.12.42 * International Practice – Bruce Allen – Thursday 6.30-9.30, 8.11.58 * Long Span High Rise – Da Silva/Xie/Davis/Pena – Lecture: Wednesday 3.30-5.30, 12.12.02 + tutorials: Monday 10.30-12.30, Monday 2.30-4.30, or Tuesday 8.30 - 10.30 * Sagrada Familia Terrestrial Scanning – Brad Marmion – Friday 9.30- 12.30, 93.3.02 * Architecture Handbook Publication – Andrew Ashton, Pip Studio & Co – Thursday, 10-1, 88.5.14/14A * Urban Life Cycle Research Project RA – Ben Milbourne – Tues 9.30-12.30 (flexible) * Frederick Romberg Research Seminar – Harriet Edquist – Time/Location tbc



Huw Wellard _ Thermomass Stackhouse

Thermomass Housing for Fire MC163 Elective (Technology) Semester 2 2010 Martyn Hook We will continue the ongoing research of this elective series in the exploration of the potential for the Thermomass insulated, prefabricated concrete panel system to provide economical housing solutions with advanced thermal performance. This semester we will focus development on a new set of constraints in the form of the new code for housing design in fire prone areas. You will design and document a small family house that complies with the new code and seeks innovative use of the Thermomass system. The work produced shall be presented to the Bushfire Reconstruction Authority and will be published on the Thermomass website. Reference and Thursday 10.00am > 1.00pm

A Green

* Primer

Affordable, Sustainable, Multi-Unit Housing

The design of sustainable, affordable housing is an increasingly pressing matter. Not only does it require considerable architectural thought and innovation, but finding solutions is likely to become a significant part of Architect’s future bread and butter. One approach to achieving sustainability is through the holistic ‘Star Rating’ tools provided by the Green Building Council of Australia. The green building council have recently published the ‘Multi Unit Residential v1 Environmental Rating Tool’, which will enable star ratings to be given to multiple residential buildings. Rob Adams, at the city of Melbourne, has recently published an essay which discusses the densification of Melbourne focusing on sites along existing transport routes. Alejandro Zaera-Polo from Foreign Office Architects, discussed sustainability as not only an environmental imperative, but one of the most significant drivers of architectural innovation and formal opportunity. This elective will focus on understanding the GreenStar framework and it’s application to a multiple residential housing development on an inner urban site. Students will work in teams to understand the constraints and opportunities of the greenstar framework in some detail. Using this understanding, students will prepare a schematic design for an affordable apartment building that could achieve a 5-star rating under the scheme. Although there will be significant quantity of conceptual and technical content to this elective, the intended outcome is to provide a speculative vision of how our city may be sustainably transformed. There will be input from various environmental professionals, including Glenn Alman, environmental engineer at Wood and Grieve, Jim Minifie, Chief Economist at Boston Consulting Group, and others.

Subject: Elective Tutor: Paul Minifie and Friends Room: TBC Time: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30

This architecture elective is structured as a pathway for Master of Architecture students who will be entering Major Project studio in 2011. The elective will study the Eastlink corridor of the Melbourne metropolitan region, an area in which many urban forces intersect, especially transportation infrastructure, landscape ecologies, industrial estates, business parks and rapid housing development. We will collect detailed information about the spaces, structures and systems of this territory and use the research to trigger architectural provocations and specualtions for future urban change.

Gretchen Wilkins

UAL pre-major elective


Tuesdays: 9:30-12:30 Building 45, UAL

Semester 2,1020 Wed. 9:30-12:30 10.11.27 Susan Massey is a visiting Fulbright scholar with a background in design and history/theory design research.

Reading, Writing, & Rhetoric + Building Provocations for a Rote Relationship



] Tschumi on Corbusier’s Villa Savoy

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In the last several years, studios have become influenced by literary theory (Roland Barthes’s The Death of the Author, Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, Jorge Luis Borges’ “On Exactitude in Science”) and there has been increased engagement with fictional constructs as springboards for the imagination. But, in addition to the translation of sites from literature, and the interpreting and re-appropriation of existing narratives, writing is poised to be a function of design rather than just a framework for it. As such, this elective will explore reading, writing, and rhetoric within theory proper and without, as a means and as an end, from the notational to the annotated, questioning the relationship of each to the building, the process, the practice, and the discipline.


“[Tschumi] proposes a

critique of the limits of architectural thought and space through the transgressive act of finding pleasure and beauty in the rotting corpse of Modernism’s first born. ” —Renata Hejduk. Death Becomes Her: transgression, decay, and eROTicism in Bernard Tschumi’s early writing and projects. Journal of architecture, 2007 Sept., v.12, n.4, p.395

As a theory practicum, this course will be comprised of lectures, discussions, and a workshop aimed at developing textual or narrative critique or expression (through presentation/ representation) and will allow you to synthesize your design coursework with the seminar’s assignments. Major Project students may find this course especially beneficial as they frame their engagement with an architectural condition as part of the design process.

Architecture+Philosophy: Posthuman Landscapes and Things Dr Hélène Frichot, Senior Lecturer, Program of Architecture

This elective seminar will critically and creatively engage in the thematic of the figure of the posthuman, as well as posthuman landscapes, and ‘things’ (natural and artefactual), in connection with digital and/or (post)digital art and architecture. The aim of this seminar will be to survey some of the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of (post)digital creative practices, especially where these relate to what can be identified as a new biotechnological paradigm in architecture (and beyond). The posthuman is not an inhuman subject, nor some monster who exhibits no signs of humanity, instead the posthuman subject is one who has been radically transformed in contact with new technologies and challenging environments. The figure of the posthuman questions the enlightenment myth, which assumes that all knowledge progresses toward a brighter, more rational and efficient future. The posthuman allows us to think an ethics of difference. Participants will be asked to attach themselves to one posthuman profile and one posthuman urban landscape or architectural environment for the semester, and analyse this coupling of organism+environment in depth. In addition, participants will be required to keep archives of design precedents and theoretical essays relevant to their organism+environment, which will be regularly updated throughout the semester. The outcome of our investigations will be a posthuman colouring-in book, including a series of small essays on the posthuman condition. Thursdays: 9.30-11.30 in 8.12.38 Thursday evenings 6.30-7.30 when Architecture+Philosophy Public Lecture Series events are scheduled. Tuesdays: Occasional Afternoons with the Informal Urban Practices collaborative. 88.5.14, from 1.30 (tbc).

CONCEPTUAL PHOTOGRAPHY During the 1960’s, photography was employed by a range of artists who were not formally trained as photographers, the camera enabling them to devise & implement photographic strategies, which would challenge the status quo. Through photography, Bruce Naumann, for example, questioned the nature of sculpture & the performative role of the body in his ‘Self-Portrait as Fountain’ (1966-1967/70); Giulio Paolini in his ‘Delfo’ (1965), contested the limits of painting, its material constructs & the activity of the artist; & Mel Bochner, in ‘Surface Deformation/Crumple’ (1967) confronted the concept of the photographic surface & the construction & depiction of pictorial space. In each of these instances, the idea, a conceptual proposition, was central to artist’s investigations in the critiquing of the limits of genres & institutions. This project-based Communications Elective seeks to familiarise students with some of the practices of conceptual photography, & its potential to challenge architectural norms, and exists as a complement to the Photograhy elective. OBJECTIVES / LEARNING OUTCOMES - knowledge of a selection of photographers who have influenced architecture, art & design - the ability to examine images, texts and spaces in context, reflect on them, intelligently assess accepted interpretations of the material & develop sophisticated responses - the ability to analyse problems from a number of disciplines & arrive at appropriate architectural solutions - the ability to communicate effectively in person & via architectural representation - the ability to access a range of publishing & art databases, and bibliographic sources and to catalogue and present them appropriately On completion of this course a student will be able to demonstrate: 1. an introductory knowledge of a selection of the influential photographers & their practices 2. a critical understanding of selected influential photographic theories relevant to the representation of design outcomes 3. an appreciation of the relationship between photography & architecture, & the role that architecture plays in the context of broader critical & cultural concerns 4. an ability to critically engage with architecture/photography projects & to develop challenging responses 5. written, graphic & verbal communication skills adequate to communicate the above. 6. research & organisational skills adequate to the complete the above. A Communications Elective with Peta Carlin Time: Monday, 2.30-5.30 pm Room: 8:11:51

Time: Tuesday, 2.30-5.30 Location: 10.11.24 Coordinator: Gina Moore

Atmospheric Animation Why do most Architectural fly-through look visually bland? Because modeling a building in 3D is just the beginning. To create a truly evocative movie that conveys a particular spatial experience, it is necessary to use a variety of rendering techniques and combine them using compositing software. This is the basic CGI workflow currently used in the creation of both animated movies and live-action films. In this course students will work with a previously completed design project and apply newly acquired tools and techniques to create a short animated film that visually explores their architectural ideas. This course is taught by an animator with 8 years industry experience, and will cover the following aspects of Maya 3D animation software and After Effects compositing software; Modeling Polygon modeling for deformation Animating using NURBS history Animation Non Linear Deformers and Blend Shapes Dynamics, Particles and Softbodies Connections and Driven Keys Texturing UV layouts and file textures Animating and combining procedural textures Bump, Normal, and Displacement maps Complex Shading Networks and the Sampler Info Node Toon Shading and Paint Effects Rendering Render Layers and Layer Presets Compositing Track Mattes Blend Modes NB: Some prior experience with 3D software is desirable for this course





TUTORS: PAUL MINIFIE, GWYLLIM JAHN, WITH ANDREW BURROW (SIAL) AND ANDY SONG (COMPUTER SCIENCE) TIME: MONDAYS 2:30 - 5:30 ROOM: 10:11:24 SIAL COMPUTER LAB Scripting offers a whole new and exciting set of powerful generative design tools. Students will explore parametric and code-driven design methods for producing responsive, adaptable and fabulously beautiful architectural forms. Students will work in collaborative research groups with computer science students exploring ideas such as physical form-finding (think Gaudi's string models, Frei Otto's surface and fibre models) flocking and behavioural agent systems, implicit surface models, and a host of other advanced methodologies. Computer science students will develop back-end function libraries, while architecture students will use these libraries in their scripts to tackle design challenges. The kind of models produced will be suitable for cad-cam fabrication. We will focus on the Python and Grasshopper scripting languages for Rhino, but many other softwares will be available for exploration (including Maya). PREREQUISITES: This elective is available to Masters students, and Bachelors students who have completed Communications 3. It assumes a good general knowledge of Rhino. ASSOCIATED STUDIOS: Please add a note in the comment section of the online ballot form with the studio name if you are intending to enrol in either of these studios. X_TREMES INTENSIVE (UPPER POOL STUDIO, TUTOR: TOM KOVAC ETAL) THIS ELECTIVE WILL PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE X_TREMES INTENSIVE STUDIO IN SEPTEMBER. THIS ELECTIVE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR STUDENTS TAKING THAT STUDIO. THE CITY AND THE CITY (LOWER POOL STUDIO, TUTORS: JESSICA IN AND PAUL MINIFIE) THIS ELECTIVE WOULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR STUDENTS DOING THE CITY AND THE CITY STUDIO.

RAD-P: Responsive Analogue and Digital Prototyping

This is a rare opportunity and places are limited to 12 students. Classes will run weekly on Wednesday morning 9am-12noon at SIAL Computer Lab and at times at SIAL Presentation Space.

Experience of using Grasshopper, Generative Components, Digital Project, Processing, Arduino, or any general scripting experience will be an advantage.

TOM KOVAC MICHAEL MEI ‘Everything in the book intends to be part of a unified mediation on the melancholy of the creative mind’s desperate insistence upon priority.’ Harold Bloom, the Anxiety of Influence.

THURSDAY 6:30 - 9:30 PM 8.11.42 E-PUBLISHING explores the process of traditional book making and e-book publishing, through issues related to the presentation of architecture projects – via DRAWINGS, DIAGRAMS, TEXT and IMAGES. Using Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign, the elective explores the technique of layout and presentation in order to develop a system to best describe architecture projects. Student will research successful architecture books, websites, posters and exhibitions, to analyze their strengths and weakness, and develop a prototype for e-publications.



Semester 2. 2010 Tuesday 9.30-12.30. Room: 97.3.02

Taught by: Barnaby Bennett with Mark Burry

Open to Students of: Architecture Interior Design Industrial Design Fashion Landscape Architecture

Imagine just one scenario: Jane is a tourist arriving in the city for a brief visit. Based on her hotel location and profile, Jane’s phone gives suggestions for where to get her favourite blueberry smoothies. At the café, Jane waves at a digital wall to check out what the locals have been up to and the wall previews a jazz festival venue for that evening. Using a local GPS ‘inside track’ history guide Jane takes in some sights and uploads a video clip of a street artist. At the jazz festival, Jane’s clip appears briefly on a giant outdoor screen, and she gets to choose some other clips to watch. Her comments on the festival introduce her to other jazz fans. Happy, the next day she gets connected up to share a ride back to the airport.

This elective will use an exciting live project to investigate cutting edge design issues around space, contemporary medias, and the interface between them.

It will investigate how urban vibrancy, creativity and quality of life can be enhanced by the impact of location-specific urban digital social information networks and public displays in and on the City of Melbourne.

This is a real project with great project partners. The project looks at taking digital content and anchoring it in the physical world.  You will work on the design of a pilot project to digitize the St Ali Sensory Lab café ( au) in the Melbourne David Jones department store with interactive media screens and WiFi network allowing users to post media, stories and events, via an app for smart phones that are locally relevant for other proximate users to consume.  Future expansion of this work will include prominent outdoor locations around the city. Design components involve: advanced interior and spatial design, web presence and interface design, lifestyle and customer experience, communication design, branding.

University of Technology, Sydney

School of Architecture and Design. RMIT.

This project is part joint initiatives between SIAL and UrbanAid at the University of Technology Sydney, that includes a development programme with St Ali, the Sonnenreich Corporation, the Committee for Melbourne, the City of Melbourne, SmartSlab and the Fivex Property Group.

What does it means to be able to plan the topography of a single digital model that can assume many forms without altering its structure?

How can we link models together or to their environments such that they are dynamic in response to external conditions?

This course explores these and many other questions about change and structuring models for change: issues that tax designers from all disciplines

flexible 3d modelling

for design + prototyping

Coordinator: Jane Burry + Alex Pena de Leon (formally Gehry Technologies) Time: Location:

Thursday mornings between 9.00am-12.00pm, starting 22nd July Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, Bld 10, Lvl 11 Room 24

Reviews Location:

SIAL Presentation Space, Bld 97 Lvl 3 Room 5


As this is a Quota elective open to all disciplines, and offered in the School of Architecture and Design in the Advanced Technologies pole undergraduate students should enrol with the course code INTE2108 and postgraduates with the code INTE2107 For more details, visit the SIAL website: or contact

Course Description The aim of this course is to give students from diverse disciplines expertise in linking these to physical modelling and prototyping. This will be achieved through skills-based instruction and hands - on project - based learning with an introduction to DIGITAL PROJECT parametric design software. It will serve undergraduates in areas of study including but not excclusive to architecture, design, engineering, jewellery, textiles, new media as well as postgraduates starting study and design practitioners seeking professional development. It introduces an approach to modelling that can be applied in design studio, postgraduate project work and professional practice. The course is divided into demonstrations and presentations with hands on exercises and work on a preliminary design task that introduces the main principles involved in associative geometrical modelling. The second component is dedicated to tutorial and seminar support for individual project - based work shared regularly within the class. There will be opportunities to generate physical prototypes using rapid prototyping and traditional modelling techniques. Projects will be reviewed in class as the principal basis for assessment.

PHOTOGRAPHY Use a digital SLR to generate images and ideas.

Students will learn how to use a digital SLR, and how to use camera functions to control the results of their photographs. Hands-on classes will explore the photography basics (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, light direction) and how a combination of these factors can be used to control depth of field, motion blur and image quality. Understanding the vocabulary of photography will also assist in the use of modern render packages which make extensive use of camera attributes.

combination of practice and theory. Students will engage in regular feedback sessions, as well as the critical examination of work by photographers, artists and designers.

The second phase of the elective focuses on two themes: intervention and perception. Shooting exercises will focus on the photographic possibilities of documenting objects in different contexts.


Students will also learn how to use Photoshop to import and manipulate images, and to resize and output them for various media, including print and online sharing. Photography will be used in several ways in the elective: to document and represent, and in processes and presentation. Classes will be a

Ideas and images will be developed throughout the semester, contributing towards the creation of a major photography project for final assessment.

*Classes commence W2 Thursday 29 July*

Architecture Design Elective Semester 2, 2010 12 credit points Tutor: Hanna Tai Time: Thursdays, 10am-1pm Location: 8.12.42

INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE Masters Elective: Professional Practice Bruce Allen This Elective will look at the impact of globalization on architectural and urban design on a range of countries usually determined by the experience and backgrounds of the students who attend. The seminar is theory based and students present case studies from their home country. The preferred limit is 12 students because we have a guest on every fourth night and the seminar is held in a restaurant for the guest presentations. Restaurants are chosen for student rates ($10), proximity to RMIT and food style related to the country studied. Assessment is based on a theory paper plus a case study. Each assignment is presented to the seminar group and forms the basis for discussion. The Elective will run Thursdays 6 PM - 9 PM Room to be confirmed. Bruce Allen is an extremely experienced practitioner, including in architectural practice abroad, who holds a number of key positions with RAIA and ARBV.

Elective Seminar Semester Two 2010


Longspan Highrise is a subject run every second semester within the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. This semester it is open to Architects wishing to explore inter-disciplinary collaboration. Groups of two Architecture students will be paired with a team of engineering students to deliver a final design proposal. Each team will deliver a fully engineered design proposal at the end of semester. This subject forms the basis of an introduction to co-rational design – from the view of structural engineers and architects. Students will be introduced to widely accepted structural concepts in long-span and highrise structures, structural optimisation technique, tools and techniques of idealising complex structures. The collaborative environment will provide an opportunity to become familiar with engineering analysis tools and a methodology for integrating engineering principles with generative design processes. Tutors Dr. Saman de Silva Jerome Frumar Professor Mike Xie Daniel Davis Alex Pena

Lectures Wednesdays 3.30 - 5.30 (location tbc) Workshop/Tutorial sessions Monday 10.30-12.30 Monday 2.30-4.30 or Tuesday 8.30 - 10.30


Innovative Structures Group


2010 | Semester 2 | SIAL elective Architecture & Design | Engineering | Geospatial Sciences

Temple Sagrada Familia Reverse Engineering with 3D Laser Scanners Students from a variety of areas including Architecture & Design, Engineering and GIS are invited to do this elective and gain experience using Terrestrial Laser Scanners (TLS) and engineering grade 3D scanners. This equipment provides a great method of accurately capturing as-built data of a site in a detail that provides an opportunity to refine the design process. However a large focus of this elective provides a unique opportunity to be involved with the Temple Sagrada Famila (TSF) and contribute to some meaningful research on Gaudi’s work. Students will measure and CAD document Gaudi’s original contributions to the temple and provide insight into Gaudi’s design methods. They will use data that was captured last summer by a small team of RMIT staff and students who went to Barcelona to document Guadi’s work on the TSF using TLS and engineering scanners. Practically this is a technology based subject that involves innovative modelling using Cyclone, Navisworks, Geomagics, Autocad & Rhino (with specialised plugins including pointools4rhino and rhinoresurf). 3D CAD experience is preferred. Further to this, Professor Mark Burry is highly commending an application for another scanning trip to Barcelona, so if you are interested in going on an international field trip working at the TSF this elective is an ideal way to get experience, add to your folio and increase your chance of selection. Lecturer: Brad Marmion Industrial Designer (MA) | SIAL Workshop Manager | Terrestrial Laser Scanning Specialist Enquiries:

Class Time | Fridays 930 - 1230 Location | SIAL Presentation Space 97.3.02 (first class) SIAL PC lab 10.11.24

This Elective is intended as a mechanism to produce a First Year Architecture Handbook and strategy for communicating and building the culture of the program. The content and outline for the Handbook have been developed by the SSCC Group of Students, who have indentified the need as a way to welcome and initiate students in to the culture of Architecture at RMIT. When : Thursday 10am to 1pm The Elective will be coordinated by Andrew Ashton, Studio Pip and Co – Born in Sydney Australia, Andrew Ashton graduated from Randwick School of Design in 1989. In 1994 Andrew co-founded design partnership and boutique design studio Nelmes Smith Ashton, which transformed into corporate design practice Precinct Design. After a six month sabbadical In 2002, Andrew left Precinct Design to established boutique communication practice Studio Pip and Co. in 2003. Studio Pip and Co works with no specific type of client or industry sector. The studio strives to help clients understand how they can communicate points of difference and connect with their desired audiences with clarity. The studio‘s solutions are developed from research and audience insights, attention to detail and design craft, collaborating with clients and creative partners, to foster productive relationships with inspired and effective outcomes. visit often



This seminar will involve working with the RMIT Design Archives on the Frederick Romberg (Grounds Romberg & Boyd) Archive. It will involve: * working with archival materials and procedures in the RMIT Design Archives * supplementary research on Romberg Assessment * satisfactory completion of set tasks relevant to the RDA * research essay

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